Jumbo Red Velvet Brownie Cupcakes {with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting}


  For my coworker Jessica’s third anniversary at work, I knew I wanted to make something special. Enter the red velvet cupcake brownie that I’ve made several iterations of over the years. The last time I made the cupcake, the cake pulled right off the brownie. Actually, the brownie stuck to the cupcake liner! I…

Brownie Base Red Velvet Cupcakes


Last night at Kyna and Lucas’s Fourth of July party, I launched into an explanation of the inspiration for these cupcakes prefacing it with when I lived in Long Beach, California – not Washington which was followed by strange looks and then comments such as I didn’t know there was a Long Beach in Washington or I wouldn’t have…

Fourth of July Red Velvet Cupcakes


Happy Fourth of July! In honor of this fine country, I decided to make something red, white and blue to bring to work to share with my poor suffering coworkers who also have to work on the Friday after the Fourth of July. I knew immediately I wanted to bring them Red Velvet Cupcakes. I…

Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes


When I lived in Los Angeles, I was obsessed with cupcakes. This was due, in part, to having access to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills and Frosted (Cupcakery) in Long Beach, amongst others. Don’t get me wrong, Portland is no slouch when it comes to selling cupcakes (or other baked goods!). Between Saint Cupcake and Cupcake Jones in…

Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cakes


Two of my favorite flavors in any type of dessert is chocolate and peanut butter. They’re even better when combined. When my grandma sent me this recipe, I knew I had to try it immediately. How cute are individual cakes served in small bowls? ingredients. 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar 2 c. flour 3/4 c….

Vanilla Cupcakes


Shhhhhhh! It’s my friend Colette’s birthday on Saturday and in celebration I’m making her cupcakes (because they’re more transportable than a cake). Although I’m almost always a chocoholic, there are times when I prefer vanilla. Like when choosing between hundreds of flavors at a cupcake shop. I’m almost always drawn to vanilla with white (vanilla)…

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes


A few weeks ago I bought some vanilla beans from Penzey’s – not because I needed them at the time but because the price seemed better than vanilla beans I’ve previously purchased. Having made Candy Corn Parfait last week, I had six egg whites to use in the fridge. Vanilla cupcakes seemed a wise decision to…

Chocolate Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting


This is a recipe for Chocolate Sour Cream Cake from the cookbook Dear Daughter: The Tested Recipes of Five Generations. I received this cookbook as a birthday gift from my aunt and uncle.  Chocolate Sour Cream Cake Ingredients 3 eggs 1 1/2 c. sugar 2 c. sifted flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp….